first_imgKingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) president, Ambassador A.B. Stewart Stephenson, is expected to announce that he is stepping down from the role in a press conference today. Stephenson, who is a lawyer by profession, is said to be stepping down because of what he describes as “personal reasons”. He first came to power in 1996, served for 11 years and was then succeeded by Rudolph Speid. He then returned to replace Speid in 2014 for two terms and continued after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) extended the term limit for confederation presidents to four years. Sources say that Speid will be nominated for a return to the role as he has publicly declared an interest, while the association’s general secretary Wayne Shaw, told The Gleaner that he would be contesting the election. No other names are expected to be put forward to challenge them. “We’re surprised and we weren’t expecting him to go,” Shaw said yesterday. “He was in the first year of his four-year term and we did not want him to go. We tried to convince him to stay, but he made his choice.” Shaw says that he does not expect much to change in the association as the rest of the executive body is expected to remain. “The team will still be there,” he says. “We will be OK. The only change is that I will be running for the presidency.” Some of Stephenson’s achievements in the last year of his tenure include brokering a television rights deal with Television Jamaica to broadcast quarter-final, semi-final, and final matches for its competitions for five years; ridding the confederation of debts; and relocating to larger headquarters. Also, during Stephenson’s stint last year, a television rights contract was signed between Television Jamaica and Television Jamaica Sports Network and KSAFA to provide televised coverage of the Jackie Bell Knockout competition. Stephenson had been previously tipped to challenge JFF President Captain Horace Burrell for the top job in local football, but he recently told The Gleaner that he would only consider the position if the money was right, as he has more important priorities. Nominations for the post will be presented to the public next week. KSAFA is a leading confederations in Jamaican football, with 39 clubs as members, across the Corporate Area. HIS ACHIEVEMENTSlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As holiday shoppers scramble to buy last-minute gifts today, Cal Poly Pomona senior Amir Mertaban is spending the day at Magic Mountain. It’s almost a tradition, Mertaban said, around the end of December for he and his Muslim friends to take advantage of the admission discounts and small crowds at the amusement park. Because Muslims do not celebrate Christmas, many of them use the holiday to read the Quran, hang out and recharge for the next year, said Mertaban, an international business and marketing major. It’s no coincidence, then, that two major Muslim conferences are taking place this weekend – one at the Fairplex in Pomona and another at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. They’re addressing family, faith and becoming better citizens of their communities. “People will take advantage of holiday to reacquaint themselves with their own faith and deepen their spirituality,” said Edina Lekovic, communications director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Mertaban said he’ll be attending Tarbiyah camp in Santa Barbara from Sunday through Saturday to learn more about Islamic manners, education, brotherhood and sisterhood. “We just take this time for personal development because we don’t have anything to do. It’s a lot of contemplation and reflection throughout the whole year and how we can be a better person,” he said. However, Christmas is not ignored by the Muslim community. Nisar Hai, the imam at Masjid Gibrael in San Gabriel, said he wishes the joys of Christmas to all his Christian friends. “We wish every Christian Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” Hai said. “We really do mean it because this is an important occasion for them.” In fact, Hai said he may devote an entire sermon to Jesus, whom Muslims respect as a prophet, and his spiritual messages of peace, understanding and compassion. Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, said he’ll be attending a Christmas Eve service at All Saints Church in Pasadena as a respectful observant. There’s nothing wrong with wishing people a Merry Christmas, he said. “There is no theological exclusion to not wish others. What is not expected from Muslims is to observe the religious rites and rituals that take place,” Syed said. “The values of Jesus of love and compassion are embedded principals within the Islamic value system. That is a very profound common denominator between Islam and Christianity. “Instead of clash of civilizations, we call it convergence of civilization,” Syed said. esther.chou@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2513last_img read more